Graduate Scouts earn Gold Award

LORDSTOWN — Two recent graduates of Lordstown High School have left a lasting impact on the school that will serve the school district and community.

Addison Wilson, 17, and Ciara Pyles, 18, both did projects to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award that made a difference at their school.

Wilson, who has been involved in Girl Scouts for about 13 years, constructed two benches for the Lordstown Elementary playground. The benches are known as “buddy benches.”

Wilson said bullying is what inspired her to do her project.

“I’ve seen a lot of it happen; now is an important time to take action,” Wilson said.

Wilson also gave a presentation to the elementary children on how to use the benches to create a friendlier environment and help create friendships.

“I’m hoping that they learn to be more inclusive, accept each others’ differences, make friends and have a good time,” Wilson said.

“Addie spent a lot of time on this project and for a good purpose,” Rich Zigarovich, elementary principal, stated in news release. “She understands the importance of students at a young age establishing good social emotional relationships with each other. I am grateful she chose the elementary school for this project and our students will benefit greatly from this.”

Pyles, who also has been involved in Girl Scouts for 13 years, decided to mend the band uniforms.

“When I was little, my brothers were in band and I would see them marching in uniforms and they looked amazing but when I got up to band, they weren’t using them anymore and they were just rotting away but I thought we could still use them,” Pyles said.

With the help of Girl Scout Troop 80129, Girl Scout leaders, the Music Boosters and teacher Jenna Barvitski, she was able to mend the uniforms and bring them back to wearable condition.

Pyles showcased her Gold Project with a presentation during a performance, and educated the students on proper techniques to hang, put on and take care of their uniforms from videos she made that can be used for years to come, according to news release from the district.

“Her taking on the task of refurbishing band uniforms pays immediate and long-term dividends,” Lordstown Superintendent Terry Armstrong said. “Small schools often struggle with meeting these needs. Ciara put us on a much better path in regards to supporting the band program with her project.”